Carpenter Not Involved In New “Little China”

Considering how many of John Carpenter’s films have been remade in the past ten years or so, this week’s announcement of a new version of “Big Trouble in Little China” starring Dwayne Johnson wasn’t quite as much a shock as it might have been.

One person who was surprised to hear the news though appears to be Carpenter himself. The filmmaker was recently asked on his Facebook page (via Bleeding Cool) about the remake.

Carpenter says 20th Century FOX own the rights and “I only know what I read in the papers. I am not involved with it.” Asked if he’s doing alright in the wake of the news, he simply said “I’m doing fine. I didn’t write the original one – no harm, no foul.”

“X-Men: First Class” scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are penning the new take which has The Rock stepping into Kurt Russell’s iconic role of Jack Burton, the All-American trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in San Francisco’s Chinatown.